Renowned Turkish mathematics professor Ali Nesin has been awarded the prestigious Leelavati Award by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) for his outstanding efforts to attract Turkish people's interests in mathematics and establish a "Mathematics Village." 61-year-old Nesin will receive his award, dubbed as the Nobel of mathematics and given every four years, in a ceremony in Rio de Janerio, Brazil on August 9. The announcement came at the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians. A statement on the IMU's website said that Nesin was awarded "for his outstanding contributions towards increasing public awareness of mathematics in Turkey, in particular for his tireless work in creating the '[Nesin] Mathematics Village' as an exceptional, peaceful place for education, research and the exploration of mathematics for anyone."Nesin gives a lecture in the Math Village in Şirince. (IHA Photo) Following his father's death in 1995, Nesin returned to Turkey, and … [Read more...] about Turkish mathematics professor Nesin receives prestigious Leelavati prize for efforts

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## Medal known as “Nobel for mathematics” stolen minutes after awarded to refugee

One of the winners of the award known as the Nobel Prize for mathematics had his gold medal stolen minutes after it was given to him. Caucher Birkar, a Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University math professor, was among four winners of the prestigious Fields Medal on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. It was an embarrassing debut for crime-ridden Rio, the first Latin American city ever to host the Fields ceremony, which takes place every four years. Less than an hour had passed since Birkar, a 40-year-old specialist in algebraic geometry, had been handed his 14-karat gold medal when his briefcase went missing. The organizer behind the event, the International Congress of Mathematicians, said it "profoundly regrets" the incident. The group said in a statement that images from the event were being analyzed and that officials were cooperating with local police. Birkar celebrated his achievement as a fairy tale come true for the often-beleaguered Kurds. He said he hoped "this news will put a … [Read more...] about Medal known as “Nobel for mathematics” stolen minutes after awarded to refugee

## Kurdish refugee wins ‘Nobel of mathematics’ Fields medal

Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University professor Caucher Birkar and an Italian who once preferred football to math on Wednesday were among four winners of the prestigious Fields medal, dubbed the Nobel prize for mathematics. The laureates were announced at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, which became the first Latin American city ever to host the event, staged once every four years. "I'm hoping that this news will put a smile on the faces of those 40 million people," Birkar, a 40-year-old specialist in algebraic geometry, said, referring to the Kurds. Born in a village in the Kurdish province of Marivan, near the Iran-Iraq border, Birkar has said: "Kurdistan was an unlikely place for a kid to develop an interest in mathematics." But he went from Tehran University, where he recounts having looked up dreamily at portraits of past Fields winners, to get political asylum and citizenship in Britain -- and establish himself as an exceptional mathematical mind. "To go from the point that I … [Read more...] about Kurdish refugee wins ‘Nobel of mathematics’ Fields medal

## Suicide note with mysterious mathematical formula found with dead family of six

A suicide note with a mysterious mathematical formula has been found alongside a family of six found dead at their family home. The bodies of Naresh Maheshwari, 40, his wife Priti, 38, his father Mahavir Maheswari, 70, mother Kiran, 65, and children Anjali, 6, and Aman, 8, were found at the property in India, according to local media. The parents reportedly killed their own children before committing suicide along with the father's parents. The tragic note, found alongside one of the victims, contained a complex maths problem and the words "we couldn't hang Aman so we killed him". It also listed, the closing of the family business, hefty loans, debt and humiliation as creating "tension" which led them to suicide. The shocking discovery was made in the area of Munga Bagicha area of Hazaribagh of the Indian state of Jharkhand. Reports suggest the body of Aman was found with its throat slit while daughter Anjali had reportedly been poisoned. According to police, the adults of the family … [Read more...] about Suicide note with mysterious mathematical formula found with dead family of six

## PMQs sketch: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May try to outdo each other’s sums and it was a mathematical maze

If maths isn't your strong point then you would have struggled to follow PMQs today. And if it is you would have been mystified how Theresa May does her sums. Our arithmetic teacher for the day was Jeremy Corbyn. He started simply enough, by asking the PM which taxes would have to rise to pay for her new £20billion of NHS spending. Of course she wouldn't answer him. So the Labour leader set about marking her homework with a view to humiliating her in front of the class. He pointed out that if she was claiming an extra £600million a week for the NHS then that would add up to £30billion a year. Not so, said Mrs May. It was £600million in cash terms. Actually £20billion a year divided by 52 weeks comes to £384million. Mrs May had also claimed it was also worth £394bmillion using the same calculation. But that equals £20.5billion a year. So somewhere along the line Mrs May's original calculation is £500million out, not a trifling sum. Mr Corbyn … [Read more...] about PMQs sketch: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May try to outdo each other’s sums and it was a mathematical maze